Thursday 14 July 2016

Stamps with Rock Dust - Update

Category - Touch 
Subcategory - Stamps with matter affixed - Rock dust

Austria 2007 50th Anniversary of the Haus des Meeres with concrete sand of flak tower  

Issue date 29 November 2007

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea) in Vienna, Austria Post has issued a special stamp depicting a clown fish on the stamp printed with original concrete sand of the flak tower which houses the Zoo. The concrete rock sand was collected during the renovation of the flak tower and printed on the stamps.

The rock dust is printed on the white stripe of the clown fish and also on the bottom of the stamp. This can be seen when viewed at an angle.

The Aqua Terra Zoo known as the Haus des Meeres (the House of the Sea) is housed in a former World War Two flak tower (huge multistoreyed block tower which housed antiaircraft guns during world war II) which is over 50 metres high and its roof terrace enjoys the best panorama over Vienna.

The six storeys concrete tower is home to a total of over 5,000 living animals, from tropical fish, Mediterranean animals, snakes, lizards and crocodiles to colourful birds and apes that are free to roam around the Tropical House. 

The Haus des Meeres also houses Austria’s largest aquarium, 300,000 litres of water in which sharks live side by side with a sea turtle. The Haus des Meeres has an excellent international reputation as a zoo that above all breeds a variety of sea creatures very successfully, such as the anemone clown fish, also known as Nemo, shown on the stamp, as well as pipefish, seahorses and turtles, snakes, birds, etc.

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